Al­van Ikoku Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion shut as vi­o­lence erupts

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

The Al­van Ikoku Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ow­erri, has been closed down in­def­i­nitely fol­low­ing a ram­page by stu­dents that re­sulted to the de­struc­tion of prop­er­ties worth mil­lions of naira.

The Provost of the in­sti­tu­tion, Dr Bless­ing Ijeoma an­nounced the clo­sure of all aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing a me­dia chat in her of­fice in Ow­erri.

She said the man­age­ment had done its best to sup­ply elec­tric­ity to stu­dents and blamed the vi­o­lence on some stu­dents who she said caused it be­cause they were not ready to start the ap­proach­ing ex­am­i­na­tion.

“We have closed down the school for now to avert fur­ther de­struc­tion,” she said.

The provost de­nied any in­crease in school fees as al­leged by stu­dents, say­ing the man­age­ment only in­tended to stop the fe­males from go­ing to the male stu­dents’ hos­tel to sleep, a sit­u­a­tion which she said had been go­ing on in the cam­pus.

She ex­plained that the stu­dents were in­formed about the Teach­ers Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria fees of N3000 for NCE stu­dents and N6000 for de­gree stu­dents which she said is a pro­fes­sional fee that has noth­ing to do with the man­age­ment

The stu­dents car­ried out a vi­o­lent protest within and out­side the cam­puses against the hike in school fees and poor elec­tric­ity sup­ply to the cam­pus.

Prop­er­ties which in­cluded 20 of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles were de­stroyed and the provost’s of­fice van­dal­ized, with in­ter­net fa­cil­i­ties looted.

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